Season's Greetings one and all!
I have the following books available--they'd make great Christmas presents! Prices do not include shipping. If interested, please email me at: email@example.com and put "CW Books" in the subject line. Peace and bountiful blessings to all!
The VMI package: Three very useful and rare official VMI references for one money!
Virginia Military Institute Register of Former Cadets, 1839-1939 (Roanoke, VA: Roanoke Printing Co., 1939). Trade paper. This register (which features a cross-referencing alpahbetical list) includes thumbnail sketches of all alumni for the institute’s first century. “It serves as a ready index to the vast store of historical and biographical data in the Institute files. Care has been exercised to show the exact period of cadetship, and the class of each non-graduate is that in which he last served.” (from the Intro.). In addition to the register of cadets, there is a wealth of statistical data offered in tabular form, as well as lists of the Instructing Staff, a Geograpical Register, etc. A truly phenomenal reference and very rare indeed! Condition: Good +.
Virginia Military Institute Alumni Review, Sesquicentennial Edition (Lynchburg, VA: Progress Printing, 1989). PB (oversize magazine format, gold foil embossed cover w/large VMI seal). Heavily illustrated review of VMI history, produced by VMI itself—it just doesn’t get any better than this! Condition: MINT!
Drawing Out the Man: The VMI Story, Henry A. Wise (Charlottesville, VA: Univ. Press of Virginia, 197. 1st ed., signed by author, HB w/dj, exc. (some wear to dj). This is the authorized story of the VMI experience (published for the VMI Alumni Assn.). Condition: Good +.
All three of these rare titles for $60
Mary Chesnut’s Civil War, C. Vann Woodward (New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1981). HB w/dj. The most complete edition of the preeminent Civil War diarist’s writings (nearly 900 pages!). Condition: Excellent. $10
The Story the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell: Sex in the Civil War, Thomas P. Lowry (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1994). HB w/dj. Fascinating account of this most human side of the conflict (from the prim and chaste to the bawdy and pornographic). Revealing and very serious study of this aspect of the soldier experience--you mean you don't already have this one on your reference shelf? Condition: Like new! $8
Mosby’s Rangers, James J. Williamson (NY: Ralph B. Kenyon, 1896). HB (full embossed dark blue leather covers w/marbled endpapers, gilt lettering & page edges, and red ribbon place keeper). This is the Time-Life facsimile reprint (1984, from the exceptional Collector’s Library of the Civil War series). Includes the tipped-in introductory sheet and blank gummed book plate. Condition: MINT! $10
Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee, Capt. Robert E. Lee (Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1924). HB. An early printing of this outstanding biography by a most well-informed and reputable source: his son! Condition: Excellent. $20
The Civil War in Pictures, Fletcher Pratt (Garden City, NY: Garden City Books, 1955). 1st ed., HB w/dj (former owner’s name penned on endpaper). Clean first edition of the book that prompted lots of us to become Civil War enthusiasts/buffs, reenactors, and historians. Condition: Excellent. $8
Distant Thunder: Photographic Essay on the American Civil War, Sam Abell, Brian Pohanka (Charlottesville, VA: Thomasson-Grant, 198. HB w/dj (coffee table format). Great pairing of the work of two passionate Civil War historians. Condition: MINT! $10
The Mason and Dixon Line, Hubertis M. Cummings (np: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1962). PB. Scholarly history of how that fateful North-South line of demarcation came to be. Condition: Exc.+ $6
The Life of Johnny Reb and The Life of Billy Yank, Bell Irvin Wiley (Baton Rouge: U of Louisiana Press, 1990). Trade paper. Two matched volumes of this classic study of the common soldier. A very nice set in as new condition. $12 for both books!